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Why I Love My Library

October 24th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Since my husband was laid off last year money has been tight and I have had to severely cut back on my book buying.  On top of that the only bookstores within 30 minutes of me (Borders and B&N) both closed.  So now I have to drive 30 minutes and pay a $5 toll to get to the nearest bookstore (which is an awesome store, woot Keplers! But still rather far to go just to browse) when I want to just browse around looking for new books to read. I’m sure I’m not the only book lover to be affected by the crappy economy so I just have to remind everyone to utilize their public library.  I’ve always loved the library and I’m am so grateful that the city we moved to has a great selection of books and belongs to a wider group that we can request books from.

Here are some of the awesome books I would have missed out on without my library.  Have you checked out your library recently?

Fateful by Claudia Gray

My review

Summary from Goodreads.com: In Fateful, eighteen-year-old maid Tess Davies is determined to escape the wealthy, overbearing family she works for. Once the ship they’re sailing on reaches the United States, she’ll strike out on her own. Then she meets Alec, a handsome first-class passenger who captivates her instantly. But Alec has secrets….

Soon Tess will learn just how dark Alec’s past truly is. The danger they face is no ordinary enemy: werewolves are real and they’re stalking him—and now Tess, too. Her growing love for Alec will put Tess in mortal peril, and fate will do the same before their journey on the Titanic is over.

Ripple by Mandy Hubbard

My Review

Summary from Goodreads.com: Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. Each day she goes to school like a normal teenager, and each night she must swim, or the pain will be unbearable. She is a siren – a deadly mermaid destined to lure men to their watery deaths. After a terrible tragedy, Lexi shut herself off from the world, vowing to protect the ones she loves. But she soon finds herself caught between a new boy at school who may have the power to melt her icy exterior, and a handsome water spirit who says he can break Lexi’s curse if she gives up everything else. Lexi is faced with the hardest decision she’s ever had to make: the life she’s always longed for – or the love she can’t live without?

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

My Review

Summary from Goodreads.com: In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

The Devil Colony by James Rollins

My Review

Summary from Goodreads.com: Deep in the Rocky Mountains, a gruesome discovery — hundreds of mummified bodies — stir international attention and fervent controversy. Despite doubts to the bodies’ origins, the local Native American Heritage Commission lays claim to the prehistoric remains, along with the strange artifacts found in the same cavern: gold plates inscribed with an unfathomable script.

During a riot at the dig site, an anthropologist dies horribly: burned to ash in a fiery explosion in plain view of television cameras. All evidence points to a radical group of Native Americans, including one agitator, a teenage firebrand who escapes with a vital clue to the murder and calls on the one person who might help: her uncle, Painter Crowe, director of Sigma Force.

To protect his niece and uncover the truth, Painter will ignite a war across the nation’s most powerful intelligence agencies. Yet, an even greater threat looms as events in the Rocky Mountains have set in motion a frightening chain reaction, a geological meltdown that threatens the entire western half of the U.S.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

My Review

Summary from Goodreads.com: Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

My Review

Description from Goodreads.com: After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

These are just a sampling of the awesome finds at my library and doesn’t even touch upon all the great children’s books that I have been able to find for my daughter.

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7 Responses

  1. Kailana

    Using the library means I actually read more. I would never be able to buy everything that I read…

  2. Bibliotropic

    I love my local library also. It was a lifesaver back in high school, when my parents outright refused to buy me books, and during times when I’ve had little to no money.

    I haven’t used them much lately, though, in no small part due to the number of e-ARCs I have in my backlog. I just don’t have the time to read books from the library when I’ve got other obligations that I ought to be meeting!

  3. StephTheBookworm

    Excellent post! I work at the library and love it so much. So happy to see other people using their libraries!

  4. Jonathan Maberry

    Wonderful post. Thanks for including ROT & RUIN among so many delightful books.

    And…libraries rock. Always have, always will.

  5. Melissa

    Love the library…tons of books at my fingertips at a huge discount (a piece of my RE taxes) and then they actually store them for me!!!

    PS added Gaiman to my TBR list…I keep hearing his name!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

  6. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)

    Awesome! I’m all about great reads from my local library. It’s great for kids’ books, too, since they’re quick reads and hey, we get to have new ones all the time!

  7. Michelle

    I can not even imagine if I didn’t have a bookstore nearby. Just even to go in and drool over the new releases! I do miss my Borders, it had the best YA section. My B&N pales in comparison.

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